On Twitter, Conspiracy Theories, and Information Cascades

February 22, 2016

On February 9th, Twitter announced the formation of a council made up of over 40 organizations, of which Feminist Frequency is one. These organizations are not involved in micromanaging Twitter on a daily basis or making decisions with regards to action taken against accounts or tweets, but rather, have been assembled to consult with Twitter generally about […]

Harassment Through Impersonation: The Creation of a Cyber Mob

December 10, 2015

At last year’s XOXO festival, I spoke about two insidious ways that online harassment manifests: conspiracy theories and impersonation. I’d like to share an especially pernicious example of the latter, which demonstrates how harassers can make use of malicious impersonation to deliberately incite a vicious cybermob. On July 12, I made a few tweets criticizing […]

Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment

December 8, 2015

Three women who have survived sustained online abuse are releasing an easy-to use digital handbook designed to help others speak freely and safely in digital spaces. Anita Sarkeesian director of Feminist Frequency, Jaclyn Friedman, anti-rape activist and founder of Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) and Renee Bracey Sherman, reproductive justice activist and author of […]

Talking Publicly About Harassment Generates More Harassment

October 29, 2015

A few months ago, I posted a series of tweets about some of the most disturbing and vile sexual harassment I have received online. (Read my entire series of tweets here) Because the behaviors of online harassers are often so predictable, I feared that doing this would result in a flood of similar harassment, but […]

UN Report on Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls

September 25, 2015

I visited the United Nations on September 24th to speak at the launch of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender’s Report on Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls. At the event, I spoke about the need for social media sites to reimagine how their systems function in order to build tools that actively deter […]

‘What I Couldn’t Say’ Panel at All About Women

March 21, 2015

I was invited to speak on several panels about feminism and the impacts of online harassment at the 2015 All About Women conference taking place annually at the Sydney Opera House. Here is a video of my speech for the panel entitled, “What I Couldn’t Say.” Full transcript below.

One Week of Harassment on Twitter

January 27, 2015

Ever since I began my Tropes vs Women in Video Games project, two and a half years ago, I’ve been harassed on a daily basis by irate gamers angry at my critiques of sexism in video games. It can sometimes be difficult to effectively communicate just how bad this sustained intimidation campaign really is. So […]

Repost: On Friday, Anita Sarkeesian called out “toxic masculinity” on Twitter

October 26, 2014

This article is written by David Futrelle and reposted from We Hunted the Mammoth What a surreal life Anita Sarkeesian must lead, in which virtually everything she says and does becomes grist for the Great Internet Lady Harassment Machine, Sarkeesian Division. Take the latest blowup, which followed a few comments Sarkeesian made in the wake […]

Examples of Sexist Harassment on Twitter

September 3, 2014

Yes please, explain to me again how this has nothing to do with sexism. [TRIGGER WARNING for extreme misogyny, gendered slurs, sexual harassment, sexual violence, victim blaming, graphic rape and death threats]

TEDxWomen Talk about Online Harassment & Cyber Mobs

December 5, 2012

  I was excited to participate in this year’s TEDxWomen in Washington, DC, an annual event organized by the Paley Center for Media. I presented a 10 minute talk about sexist online harassment, cyber mobs and both the destructive and uplifting power of online communities. In this talk, I use the analogy of an MMO (Massively […]